Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vegetable Chile

It is starting to feel like Fall in DC.  It's time for thick, warm soups and stews. 

The colors and flavors of fall are amazing.  There are warm spices, pumpkins, apples, and squashes.  You get to rediscover your warm sweaters and scarves.   Fall is my favorite season.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

While the food blogging world is transfixed with pumpkin, I seem to be on a banana roll.  I even plan on making banana muffins tomorrow for breakfast.  I have a permanent hankering for pancakes!  They are just so tasty and easy.  My favorite pancake recipes on my blog are walnut and raisin honey pancakes, German chocolate cake pancakes, and peanut butter pancakes.

Today after work I went to a gym class, and I was the only participant.  That has happened a few times in the past.  I once took a Chinese class where I was regularly the only attendee.  I'm not sure I like it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Banana Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting

I just got back from Florida!  I went for a three day weekend, and it was wonderful.  I believe I missed a rainy weekend here in DC.

We went to the beach, a large home in Miami called Vizcaya, and the Florida Keys.  It was a busy weekend!  We went kayaking and snorkeling.  Our one regret is that we didn't see any dolphins.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Creamy Gnocchi with Sausage and Asparagus

I'm going to Florida tomorrow.  It will be my first time in Florida.  We are going to fly into Miami and then drive to the Florida Keys. 

I am excited, but I'm surprised the date for our trip has almost arrived.  The trip just sprang up on me.  There are many things I want to see in Florida, but there just isn't enough time.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

My roommate recently told me about a television program called Gran Hotel.  It is set in a fancy hotel in Spain.  It kind of reminds be of Downton Abbey.  

The time period seems the same, and there are simultaneous stories of the wealthy hotel guests and the servants.  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Spinach Dal

Dal means dried pulse.  Pulse are beans like lentils or peas.  When they are died and split, they are called dal.  Thick stews made from pulses are eaten in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.


In India, dal is eaten with rice or roti.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Last month I returned from a visit with my family in Utah.  It was an excellent trip.  I saw siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and extended family.  I was reminded of a few family traditions.

I was home over Labor Day.  Every Labor Day my extended family on my mother's side goes to a picnic area and roasts hotdogs and makes s'mores.  Everyone brings more food than we could possible eat in one day.  We always do a hike after eating to an overlook.  We try to see those who remained at the picnic area from the overlook.